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'Jay Shah...Shameless Opportunist': World Cup Winner Calls Rohit-Kohli A 'Sidekick'

Jay Shah and Rajiv Shukla alongside Virat Kohli (X.com)Jay Shah and Rajiv Shukla alongside Virat Kohli (X.com)

Former cricketer turned politician Kirti Azad has strongly criticized BCCI secretary Jay Shah and Vice president Rajiv Shukla, branding them as 'shameless opportunists'. 

His disapproval stems from their unprecedented act of sitting with the team during the felicitation ceremony at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 4 July.

Azad further pointed out that the officials' presence overshadowed the players, a sight rarely seen in the cricketing world according to him. 

He also expressed his view that Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were relegated to the role of 'sidekicks' during the T20 World Cup 2024, with the BCCI office-bearers claiming the spotlight as the real winners.

Here's what Kirti Azad wrote on popular social media platform, X: 

"Actually #WorldCup is won by ⁦@JayShah s/o ⁦@AmitShah and by ⁦@ShuklaRajiv @ImRo45 @imVkohli and Indian team are just sidekicks. Nowhere in the world officials are allowed to sit with the team during felicitations. Shameless opportunists."

Kirti Azad Calls Out Jay Shah and Rajiv Shukla 

After a 20-hour journey and an almost 9-hour halt in New Delhi to meet with the honourable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, the Men In Blue finally reached Mumbai. The city was buzzing with excitement as billions of jubilant fans eagerly awaited their arrival, ready to shower them with love.

The day culminated in a grand victory parade in the evening, a spectacular celebration of the team's triumphant return. The parade, led the team to the iconic Wankhede stadium, where BCCI felicitated them with INR 125 Crores as prize money. 

During the ceremony, Mumbai fans were not just spectators, but active participants in a magical night. They witnessed their heroes, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah, speak with them, share their joy, and dance the night away in full celebration of the homecoming of the T20 World Cup trophy after 17 years.